White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted Wednesday that President Donald Trump didn't mislead or misspeak when he indicated last week that an "armada" was steaming toward North Korea in a show of US military might.
"After departing Singapore on April 8 and cancelling a scheduled port visit to Perth, the Strike Group was able to complete a curtailed period of previously scheduled training with Australia in global waters off the northwest coast of Australia".
Speaking to the media, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the armada led by the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier was indeed on its course towards Korean waters.
U.S. Navy photographs over the weekend showed the USS Carl Vinson thousands of miles from the Korean Peninsula and heading in the opposite direction.
The controversy surrounding the group's route began with a photo released by the US Navy on April 15 that showed the carrier passing north through the Sunda Strait, the passage between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java, about 5,600 kilometers from the peninsula.
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Reports from the Korea Herald say that the strike force is now on its way to the Korean Peninsula, citing the US Pacific Fleet Command's Flickr account. North Korea was about to test a missile, and the Trump administration was ratcheting up USA rhetoric about a potential standoff.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis on April 11 said the Vinson was "on her way up" to the peninsula.
Other sources said they were shocked that the Pentagon did not correct the narrative given that Spicer and National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster had made statements about the ships.
China has avoided directly criticising the United States for lying about the course of its nuclear aircraft carrier, but warned that such actions might compromise regional peace.
On Wednesday, Mr Pence described the country as the "most risky and urgent threat to peace and security" in the Asia-Pacific.
The Trump White House either lied about the aircraft carrier, or were lied to, and didn't care enough to check on the truth.
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